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November 2, 2012

Commitments in action

Here are the latest updates from NC State's verbal commitments as they go through their senior seasons.

Two recruits, tight end Chris Burton of Danville (Va.) George Washington High and offensive lineman Tylar Reagan of Fruit Cove (Fla.) Bartram Trail High, had bye weeks.

Burton has 14 catches for 351 yards and four touchdowns this season. Bartram Trail and Reagan are 6-2, but Reagan suffered a knee injury in the last game.

All games were last Friday unless otherwise noted.

Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County High, which features offensive lineman Cole Blankenship, dropped its regular-season finale 34-24 to Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson High. Davie County is 8-3 entering the state playoffs.

Athlete Bra'Lon Cherry of New Bern (N.C.) High caught two passes for 16 yards and ran twice for 16 yards in a 48-7 win at Greenville (N.C.) Rose High. New Bern finished the regular season 10-0 and is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press 4-A state poll.

For the season, Cherry has caught 25 passes for 506 yards and eight touchdowns, ran eight times for 71 yards and a score, made 25 tackles (17 solo), picked off four passes (two returned for touchdowns), broken up 17 more throws, returned three punts for a total of 49 yards and ran back four kickoffs for 248 yards.

Defensive back Hassan Childs of Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola High made two solo tackles, caught a three-yard pass and returned three punts for 38 yards in a 43-6 home win over city rival Liberty High. Osceola is 8-0 on the season and ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press 7-A poll.

Childs has compiled 14 tackles (11 solo), three interceptions and a pass broken up on defense. He also has caught four passes for 75 yards and a score, returned 11 punts for a 22.2-yard average and two touchdowns, and posted a 10-yard runback on a kickoff.

Running back Matt Dayes ran 14 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns for Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay High in a 35-7 win at Miramar (Fla.) Everglades High. The win improved Cypress Bay to 6-2.

Dayes has rushed 127 times for 759 yards and 11 touchdowns, and caught five passes for 60 yards and a score, this year.

Defensive back Marcus Edmond helped Hopkins (S.C.) Lower Richland record a 14-9 win at Blythewood (S.C.) Westwood High to improve to 4-6 on the season.

Linebacker Jerod Fernandez had four tackles for Lake Mary (Fla.) High before leaving the game with a foot injury in what turned out to be a 21-17 loss to Altamonte Springs (Fla.) Lake Brantley High. That was the first loss in eight games for Lake Mary this year. Lake Mary dropped two spots in the Associated Press 8-A poll to No. 7.

On the season, Fernandez has recorded 63 total stops, six tackles for loss, two sacks, a fumble recovery, three forced fumbles, an interception and two safeties.

Defensive back Chris Holmes broke up a pass and made a tackle for Spotsylvania (Va.) Chancellor High in a 69-0 win at Midford (Va.) Caroline High, but he made a bigger impact on offense. Holmes caught a pair of passes, both for touchdowns. One was from 30 yards out and the other was a 44-yarder. Holmes also returned a kickoff 30 yards.

Chancellor is 7-2 on the season. Holmes has recorded 22 catches for 274 yards and four touchdowns, 20 tackles (nine solo) and a pass broken up. He has also returned three kickoffs for 69 yards.

Defensive back Da'Wan Hunte and Miami Central won a big showdown Saturday on a neutral field against Miami Northwestern 35-17. Central improved to 5-2 and is ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press 6-A poll.

Wide receiver Jalen McDaniel caught five passes for 98 yards and ran twice for four yards for Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt in a 14-7 overtime win at city rival Pine Forest High. Jack Britt closed the regular season at 9-2.

McDaniel has 23 catches for 407 yards and four touchdowns, and 12 rushes for 169 yards and a score, in nine games this year.

Athlete Pharoah McKever rushed for 89 yards and a score, and had 34 yards and two touchdowns through the air, for Tabor City (N.C.) South Columbus High in a 27-14 win at Shallotte (N.C.) West Brunswick High. South Columbus closed the regular season at 9-2.

McKever has totaled 628 yards passing and has thrown and rushed for 10 touchdowns.

Running back Joshua Mercer ran 17 times for 77 yards, caught a 21-yard pass and returned three kickoffs for a total of 55 yards for Guyton (Ga.) South Effingham High in a 13-6 loss at Statesboro (Ga.) High. The defeat dropped South Effingham to 4-4.

Mercer has played in seven games this year and rushed 139 times for 940 yards and 17 touchdowns, caught seven passes for 78 yards, returned seven kickoffs for an average of 36.7 yards, made six tackles (five solo) and picked off one pass.

Running back Dakwa Nichols, continuing to battle a nagging foot injury for Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County High, ran eight times for 45 yards in a 21-14 home loss to archrival Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County High. That was the first loss in 10 games for Richmond County, which is ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press 4-A poll.

Nichols, who has played only four full games and seen limited action in three more this season, has 60 totaled carries for 594 yards and eight touchdowns, and two catches for 71 yards. He is averaging 16.3 yards a punt return and 28.7 yards on kickoff run backs.

Linebacker Quinton Patterson and Shelby (N.C.) Crest closed the regular season at 9-2 after a 42-24 home loss to Belmont (N.C.) South Point High.

Wide receiver Kyrin Priester and Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood High improved to 6-2 with a 41-27 win at Lilburn (Ga.) Berkmar High.

Offensive lineman Patrick Roane of Hope Mills (N.C.) Gray's Creek High helped his team rush for 331 yards in a 27-20 loss at Spring Lake (N.C.) Overhills High. The defeat dropped Gray's Creek to 8-3 entering the state playoffs.

Defensive back Jack Tocho ran for a touchdown and was involved in nine tackles for Charlotte Independence in a 33-14 regular-season finale loss to Matthews (N.C.) Butler at Memorial Stadium in downtown Charlotte. Independence fell to 9-2 on the year.


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